Cue the 40 for 40 commercial: What if I told you that the 10-45 NBA team could justifiably give two points on the road?
That's the position that the Milwaukee Bucks, a historically futile team that has a stranglehold on the best lottery odds for the 2014 NBA Draft, will find themselves in tonight at Wells Fargo Center. And make no mistake: Even though Milwaukee is 4.5 games "up" in the race for last, they should be favored. They're a better basketball team than the Sixers.
At this point in the season, everyone knows the gist of how both teams sunk to such low depths on the NBA totem pole. The Bucks tried to construct a roster of average veterans and the super-exciting Giannis Antetokounmpo in hopes of securing a playoff spot, failing miserably. The Sixers, the preseason punching bag of basketball fans around the world, were surprisingly competent for about two months. After a ten-game losing streak that included eviscerations at the hands of the Clippers and Warriors, they're back to where they started. Channeling Rust Cohle, "The NBA season is a flat circle."
Michael Carter-Wlliams and Antetokounmpo, the two players that are generally considered to be the steals of last June's draft, will square off. Besides that, there isn't much to digest here. I assume that Byron Mullens, Henry Sims, and Eric Maynor will all suit up and make their Sixers' debut.
There's not much else to say. In closing, I'll leave you all with a creative take on "Buxers Day" sent over from Eric Buenning, one of our friends from the excellent Brew Hoop. It's actually pretty amazing how similar the two franchises' trajectories have been over the past decade.
Edit: For whatever reason, I had trouble posting what Eric sent over. Check it out here over at Brew Hoop.